Guest speaker – Carol Smillie
From TV presenter to entrepreneur, Carol Smillie talks to us about how she made her business Diary Doll an award winning success.
BWS AWARDS CATEGORIES
Here are the categories for the Business Women Scotland Awards. Download the notes and entry page for the award that you would like to enter for more information on this award, the eligibility rules, and the criteria that this will be judged on. Entry opens on Monday 13th June 2016.
This award celebrates Scotland’s highest performing new companies and recognises those that have exceeded initial targets for growth and financial performance. It recognises the companies who have best demonstrated an understanding of their competitors, customers, and markets they operate in; and have the foundations in place for continued commercial success.
This award will recognize the development and growing success of an SME, looking at business growth and strong financial performance, profitability, and brand awareness achieved in relation to the number of employees and budget.
This award recognizes a return on investment in people, the employee strategy that best attracts, retains and develops talent – and how it contributes to sustainable growth and being an employer of choice.
Recognising Scottish businesses that have achieved the highest and most sustainable levels of international growth in the past year, celebrating their export success. This award focuses on all aspects of growth – including sales, profit, geographical expansion, and acquisition.
HOW TO ENTER
“The Opportunity to promote your business to new and existing customers and the entry is FREE!”
The BWS awards are open to ALL business women – whether you are an employer, employee, sole trader or work for a charity. You can enter yourself or nominate someone else who you think deserves this award and – it’s FREE to enter!
Nominees must be female, and their company registered in Scotland.
To nominate yourself or someone else, you simply have to:
- Download and read the notes and entry form information for the award category that you want to enter
- Complete the form stating the category you are entering, your company details, financial information and tell us why you should win
- Email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date is 9am on Monday 5th September 2016.
We are delighted to have Marie Macklin CBE and Dr. Lesley Sawers as judges, both ladies who know what it takes to be a success in business.
Judge – Marie Macklin CBE
Marie Macklin CBE is Executive Chairwoman of Macklin Enterprise Partnerships, investing in and offering start up and management advice to entrepreneurs. She is non-executive Chair of The Klin Group, a construction business founded by her father that she turned into an entrepreneurial company engaged in economic and social transformation in Scotland. She is a mentor for Entrepreneurial Spark Enterprise and assists female entrepreneurs to build business networks through her initiative, Women in Enterprise, and is executive chair of risk mitigation company Diligent World.
Judge – Dr. Lesley Sawers
Dr. Lesley Sawers is an Honorary Professor with Glasgow Caledonian University where she was Vice Principal & Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor for Business, Innovation and Enterprise. She was previously Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) for 5 years, joining from Glasgow Chamber of Commerce – where she was the first female Chief Executive in its 230 year history. She has held senior appointments in Scotland, London and internationally in Royal Mail Group, Scottish Power, CACI and Management Horizons. She is also an non-executive director at Scottish Environmental Protection Agency(SEPA), Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, and is Executive Chair of tech start-up GenAnalytics Ltd.
The shortlist will be decided by Margaret Gibson, Chief Executive at Women’s Enterprise Scotland. Margaret was given The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2015, for individual people who have played an important role in promoting enterprise skills and supporting entrepreneurs.
HOW TO ATTEND
Join us to celebrate the success and entrepreneurship of Scottish business women, at our awards ceremony on the evening of Thursday 27th October 2016 at Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow. We will reveal the award winners at this black tie event.
If you would like to attend the dinner you can purchase individual places or take a table of 10.
- Black tie awards dinner
- Glass of fizz on arrival
- 3 course meal with coffee
- MC Rachel McTavish, STV newsreader
- Guest business speaker, Carol Smillie
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Join us as a main sponsor or an award category sponsor and benefit from your association with the Business Women Scotland Awards.
- Align with excellence : Link your company with the best of Scotland’s female business entrepreneurs and professionals.
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- Celebrate at the Dinner: Table at the black tie awards ceremony.